Now here’s one I’ll never expect to find, a Toyota Publica ute, from about 1970 or so. This was posted by John875, and obviously shot down under, although I’m not sure if it’s Australia or New Zealand.
The Publica was Toyota’s smallest car, having originated in response to the government’s call for a “national car” with performance goals and yet very affordable. The first generation had a little air-cooled twin. But the P30 series arrived in 1969 a bit more grown up, and in reality was just a slightly shrunk Corolla. It had a 993 cc version of the K-series ohv four, and rwd, of course. And it came in this cute little pickup version.
The Publica morphed into the Starlet, of which there is one still around in Eugene. Thanks, John.
That is brilliant. I lament the loss of the Ford Ranger, but to be honest, I would be more in the market for some sort of Focus-based Ute than a true “truck” anyway. Just as long as it follows this form – two doors, not four, and a usable bed (6 foot length).
I didn’t measure it, but I’d estimate the bed is about 5′ long. At first I thought it was a Datsun 1200 ute and its a pretty close match for size
It’s Australia. Because I’m just this bored at work: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=studfield+charcoal+chicken&hl=en&ll=-37.859761,145.240089&spn=0.000648,0.00142&fb=1&gl=us&hq=studfield+charcoal+chicken&cid=0,0,1729356976265012790&sqi=2&t=h&z=20&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=-37.859843,145.240043&panoid=irHD3ZicBIcA0DaKYaehkw&cbp=12,106.7,,0,7.73
Don’t judge me.
Victorian rego label I think and blue and white plates OZ for sure that would be quite rare car I never saw one in all the years I was there good catch. This cohort thing is great the variety of finds is amazing.
I’d never seen one of these either Bryce, I bet it is a recent import